This weekend, I found this beautiful old bridal basket at a junk shop out east. In the Victorian era, brides often filled them with flowers for the walk down the aisle. Typically, they’re silver plate on white metal, and while some can be very ornate, I prefer the simpler, paired down styles. With my trusted Gorham silver polish and a little bit of elbow grease, check out the final result.


I especially love the beaded edging along the handle and the engine-turned detail on the inside rim. I think this basket is beautiful on its own but would also be great lined with a linen napkin for popovers or breakfast scones. I can also imagine it filled with French-milled soaps and placed in a guest bath. And at Easter (my favorite holiday!), how beautiful would this basket look on a sideboard filled with eggs dyed the prettiest pastel pink?